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Solorzano's Peacock / Pavo Real

This page attempts to record what is known about the history of Solorzano's Peacock / Pavo Real design. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.



According to Gershon Legman's 'Bibliography of Paperfolding', diagrams for this design were first published in Buenos Aires in the Feb 22, 1942 edition of 'Diario Espaņol'.



Diagrams for this design also appear:

In Volume 6 of 'El Libro de Oro de Los Ninos' (The Golden Book of Children), which was published by U.T.E.H.A in Buenos Aires in 1943.



In The extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951.



A version of Solorzano's peacock folded from a banknote appears in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956, where it is simply called 'The Peacock'. The text says, 'Origin: Spanish. Passed to the author by Cy Endfield, U.S.A.'



A similar version of Solorzano's Peacock was used, without attribution, by Giuseppe Baggi in this subscription advert in Mad Magazine ssue 117 of March 1968. (The lower picture is of a design by Adolfo Cerceda.)